Under the direction of Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), the House Judiciary Committee has begun an investigation into potential cooperation between Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the House January 6 Committee. This inquiry follows allegations that Willis’ office may have collaborated with the committee on its investigation, especially with regards to the activities of the former president Trump during the Georgia 2020 presidential contest.
Willis filed charges against the former president in August after conducting an investigation into Trump’s purported attempts to sway the Georgia election results. In response to these accusations, which include six counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of criminal solicitation, one count of filing false paperwork, two counts of making false claims, and one count of breaking the Georgia RICO Act, Trump has entered a not guilty plea.
But Jordan and Loudermilk worry that Willis’s desire to share material with the January 6 Committee may indicate that she has a political agenda when it comes to prosecuting the former president and a number of former senior federal officials. Loudermilk questioned whether the committee’s actions in this case were acceptable and underlined the value of following House Rules and due process.
Jordan and Loudermilk have written to Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the former chairman of the January 6 Committee, and Willis in an effort to continue their probe. Thompson confirmed receiving the letter and pointed out “significant factual errors” in his response. He restated that the recordings of the January 6 Committee were archived in accordance with House rules and that, as of right now, only the Committee on House Administration has access to them; he assumes Loudermilk is aware of this.
In light of the increased political tensions and the intricate legal environment in American politics, the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation represents an ongoing examination of the deliberations and exchanges between various legislative and legal bodies in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.